Julie Ruble

Julie comes from a family passionate about food: Her grandmother made the biscuits and gravy, her father made the chicken and dumplings, and her mother made anything and everything, with a flourish of buttercream on top. Her parents blazed a trail of comfort food from their beginnings in the Midwest to Julie's current home in the South. She lives with her husband Mike and their two dogs in Raleigh, and is the creator of Willow Bird Baking.

Recipes

Spiced Orange and Pear Compote Recipe

This spiced compote is easy to whip up, and adds a sophisticated twist to appetizers and desserts. Try it with cheese and crackers or over vanilla ice cream.

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Cardamom-Spiced Salted Nut Brittle

This spiced nut brittle is a lovely treat for gifting or snacking. The chai flavor profile gives it a unique kick, and Maldon sea salt is the perfect finishing touch.

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Cheerwine Hand Pies Recipe

These flaky hand pies have a cheery, cherry pie filling that offers a sweet zing, and a drizzle of pink Cheerwine glaze on top seals the deal.

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Spiked Blueberry Lemonade Punch Recipe

Fresh North Carolina blueberries and bubbly champagne make for a bright, zesty cocktail perfect for summer evenings.

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Blueberry Goat Cheese Pastry Braid Recipe

Sweet, savory, and almost too pretty to eat — this beautifully braided pastry is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Blueberry Biscuits with Almond Glaze Recipe

The beloved buttermilk biscuit gets an upgrade with fresh North Carolina blueberries and a just-sweet-enough drizzle of almond frosting.